This New 'Perfect' Battery Has Experts Stumped

One of the inventors of the modern lithium-ion battery, John Goodenough, and a team of researchers claim to have invented a new solid state battery. But is it too good to be true?

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"Researchers have struggled for decades to safely use powerful-but flammable-lithium metal in a battery. Now John Goodenough, the 94-year-old father of the lithium-ion battery, is claiming a novel solution as a blockbuster advance. If it proves out, the invention could allow electric cars to compete with conventional vehicles on sticker price. The improbable solution, described in a new paper from Goodenough and three co-authors, has drawn intense interest from leading science and technology publications."

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